Mark Isbell: Jazz Influence (2003)
“Portrait of Jenny,” a personal favorite, and Blossom Dearie’s loping waltz “Sweet Georgie Fame” create goosebumps through their meaningful dialogue. Isbell and his all-star crew “speak” with a natural, conversational style. They’ve brought back the meaning through this program of chestnuts. Michel Petrucciani’s “Chloe Meets Gershwin” gives the band something different to work with. Emphasizing the syncopation of early jazz scores, the piece seems to shout “I Got Rhythm” with a modern appeal. Recommended, Jazz Influence offers a timeless portrait of the music’s history along with a close-up portrait of this superlative alto saxophonist.
Audio samples from four of the tracks can be found at www.markisbell.com.
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Personnel: Mark Isbell- alto saxophone; Peter Sprague- guitar; Mike Wofford- piano; Bob Magnusson- bass; John Guerin- drums.